Junior Molly McNamara had a standout performance at the Horizon League Championship, helping the Vikings to a third place showing, just seven points out of second place. In the process, McNamara became just the second CSU women's swimmer to earn Horizon League Women's Swimming & Diving Female Athlete of the Year honors following her performance at the League championship.
At the 2018 Horizon League Championships, McNamara won two events, both in NCAA qualifying times. She broke the Horizon League record in the 200 butterfly (1:57.69) while becoming the first Viking woman to win that event more than once. Her time in the event was nearly two seconds under the NCAA 'B' standard and put her nearly five seconds ahead of the runner-up.
McNamara's effort in the 200 fly was her final event of the Championships and concluded a four-day stretch in which she broke five school records at the meet. She reset program standards in all three of her individual events and also helped two relay squads break school records.
McNamara broke the pool record in winning the 100 butterfly (53.27 seconds) at the League meet and posted the fastest splits in the race on the third leg of both relays she swam.
McNamara became just the third woman this century to sweep the butterfly titles at a Horizon League Championship. She is also the first Viking female swimmer to ever achieve that feat.
At the conclusion of the season, McNamara was named the Horizon League Female Scholar-Athlete for the 2017-18 Winter Season. Student-athletes from the sports of basketball, swimming & diving and indoor track & field were eligible for this prestigious honor.
She carries a 3.95 GPA as a health sciences (pre-med) major.